Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 15, 2002 02:52 AM
Has anyone who thinks Wal*Mart is an evil company every actually worked at one? I did for 5 years during High School and Collage and here are my thoughts?
You can tell a lot about a company by how they treat their employees and Wal*Mart does a better job than their compitetion and that is why they are the best in the business. Most fulltime employees mad ~$18,000 + Benifits + Bonuses back in 1991. Now this is not a ton of money, but if you have little job experience or live in a small towns it is.
They mandate that any "local" supplier that has a product similar to one that is already carried must be stocked. I know several small town manufaturing plants that own their business to WAL*MART.
They are a very competive company and I would not want to try to compete with them becuase they are super effecient and well run, but that does not make them evil.
I also disagree with their policy on tapes and books and several other alterations they make, however, they do this despite the fact that it probably hurts their sales. That is called having a belief and sticking to it. Even if I disagree with them, they still have a lot of integerity for sticking.
For every small town they become they "kill", they help 10 other towns grow. Ask any economist what is the best indicator of a robust econmy and he will tell you that the quality of living is the best indicator of how well a country is doing. The funny thing about this QOL is that is is almost entirely influenced by one factor, effiency of the economy. Effiency gains are driven by compitition in a free market and therefore free markets are the strongest in the world. I would put forth that Walmart is the most efficient company on the planet and is probably more responsible for the groth in the 90s than any other single company.
Now when Walmart starts using the fact that they are the dominate player to raise prices....then we will talk evil, but until then, WAL*MART is renown for razer-thin margins.